Feel-Good Family Movies

You don't need to be living through a global pandemic to enjoy these feel-good movies, but they might help put a smile on your face. These movies are the visual equivalent of comfort food: upbeat, reassuring, and there for you when you need them. Everything on this list is full of belly laughs, positive vibes, and happily-ever-afters. Plus you can rewatch them over and over. So if you're looking for a fun, joyous pick for a family movie night, check out these selections. If you're looking for sweet options for younger or more sensitive kids, try our First Movies for Kids list. And for even more excellent choices, check out these 50 Movies All Kids Should Watch Before They're 12.

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Winnie the Pooh Movie Poster Image
Adorable big-screen Pooh adaptation is short and sweet.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Cars Movie Poster Image
Pixar comedy is full of four-wheeled fun.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Frozen Movie Poster Image
Wintry Disney musical is fabulous celebration of sisterhood.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Lilo and Stitch Movie Poster Image
Cute story, great characters, fabulous soundtrack.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Kiki's Delivery Service Movie Poster Image
A mystical, positive take on girl's coming of age.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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My Neighbor Totoro Movie Poster Image
Beautifully animated fantasy about friendship fit for all.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Shaun the Sheep Movie Movie Poster Image
Tons of barn-animal fun in sweet stop-motion adventure.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Tangled Movie Poster Image
Fantastic princess adventure is fun, with great messages.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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WALL-E Movie Poster Image
Brainy, charming, eco-friendly animated adventure.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Air Bud Movie Poster Image
Sweet dog tale has some peril and mature themes.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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Aladdin Movie Poster Image
A magic carpet ride of a movie from Disney.
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(Release Year: 1992)
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Babe Movie Poster Image
Heartwarming farm story is touching and a bit scary.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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The Emperor's New Groove Movie Poster Image
More fun, goofy cartoon antics than Disney polish.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Enchanted Movie Poster Image
Adorable fairy tale is a fabulous family flick.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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The Lego Movie Movie Poster Image
Hilarious toy tale plugs product but is nonstop fun.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Mary Poppins Movie Poster Image
World's coolest nanny celebrates family and fun.
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(Release Year: 1964)
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Moana Movie Poster Image
Great characters, memorable music, some monsters/scares.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Muppet Movie Movie Poster Image
First Muppet movie has wonderful songs -- and a few guns.
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(Release Year: 1979)
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Paddington Movie Poster Image
Charming story about beloved bear has some scares.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Shrek Movie Poster Image
Gross-out laughs meet a marvelous fairy tale mix.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Trolls Movie Poster Image
Fun, colorful adventure has some peril, lots of great music.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Up Movie Poster Image
Up
Pixar's stunning adventure is an upper for everyone.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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The Wizard of Oz Movie Poster Image
Even decades later, one of the best family films ever made.
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(Release Year: 1939)
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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Movie Poster Image
Spielberg's family classic is still one of the best.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Elf Movie Poster Image
Elf
Peppy holiday favorite for both kids and parents.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Movie Poster Image
First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Hercules Movie Poster Image
Lighthearted, but scary stuff is too much for littlest kids.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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Pee-Wee's Big Adventure Movie Poster Image
Just as charming and curious as it was in 1985.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope Movie Poster Image
Sci-fi action classic perfect for sharing with kids.
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(Release Year: 1977)
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Descendants Movie Poster Image
Energetic Disney movie's villains make likable role models.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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High School Musical Movie Poster Image
A modern-day Grease for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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The Princess Bride Movie Poster Image
Witty, winsome fairy tale for the whole family.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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The Princess Diaries Movie Poster Image
Sweet tale about growing up is terrific fun for families.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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The Sandlot Movie Poster Image
Lighthearted, nostalgic tween comedy; some language.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Movie Poster Image
Excellent, intense adventure has thrills, humor, heart.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Hidden Figures Movie Poster Image
Inspiring true story of African-American women at NASA.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Home Alone Movie Poster Image
Slapstick comedy is funny but full of iffy stuff.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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A League of Their Own Movie Poster Image
Terrific story of women's baseball has great messages.
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(Release Year: 1992)
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School of Rock Movie Poster Image
Standout Jack Black in nerds-become-cool comedy.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Ferris Bueller's Day Off Movie Poster Image
Despite language, iffy behavior, this is a comedy classic.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Legally Blonde Movie Poster Image
Fun romp has some sexual references and salty language.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Mrs. Doubtfire Movie Poster Image
You'll laugh, you'll cry. Best divorce movie.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Movie Poster Image
Sensitive portrayal of four girls' friendships.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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